Aarhus Convention MoP-5 in Maastricht (2014)

The Fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs and their associated preparatory meetings bodies took place from 29 June to 4 July 2014 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. All press releases, statements and video-interviews are published on this page.

  • Here is the European ECO Forum Statement for MoP5, here's an additional statement on compliance and here is the RUSSIAN version.
  • Here is the 30 June Press release on NGO expectations on the website of the European Environmental Bureau and here is the Russian version.
  • Here is the 2 July Press release from the European ECO Forum on the outcomes of the MoP5
  • Here is the 2 July speech from Jeremy Wates made in the High Level Segment of the MoP5
  • Video interview 1: Siebe Riedstra, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (The Netherlands) explains in 1 minute what he expects from the 5th session of the MoP to the Aarhus Convention, organised in Maastricht. Protecting whistleblowers and social media users are some of his top priorities, as well as access to product information.
  • Video interview 2: Martin Skalsky from Arnika - a civil society organisation - explains why his organisation is here at the 5th session of the MoP to the Aarhus Convention. He mentions the case of a dubious ski resort planned in a national park in Kazachstan.
  • Video interview 3: David Banisar from Article 19 talks on the harassment of activists and journalists and how the Aarhus Convention helps in addressing this problem. IF YOU ARE IN MAASTRICHT at the MoP: Article 19 holds a side-event called "A dangerous environment" on WEDNESDAY 2 July - 8:30 - room 0.8
  • Video interview 4: Carole Excell from the World Resources Institute has hope that the Aarhus Convention will inspire Latin America and the Carribean to adopt a similar Convention on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters.
  • Video interview 5: Sébastien Duyck, researcher at the Arctic Center, works on showing the relevance of the Aarhus Convention in all kinds of UN fora, such as the Climate Change negotiations
  • Video interview 6: Philip Kearney is the former chair of the Task Force on Public Participation under the Aarhus Convention. He talks on the work accomplished and the tasks ahead for him and the Task Force that he chaired. The Task Force is interested to collect case studies of public participation in environmental decision-making. He calls on NGOs to send more case studies.
  • Video interview 7: Noriko Okubo, Environmental Law Professor from Osaka University, is working on promoting Principle 10 in Japan. She wants to make sure that the many advantages are well known in Japan.
  • Video interview 8: Andriy Andrusevych from the NGO Society and Environment speaks briefly on Ukraine's non-compliance to the Aarhus Convention.
  • Video interview 9: Barbara Ruis, an international lawyer working for UNEP gives her views on the talk about Aarhus 2.0
  • Video interview 10: Dr. Florian Wild, Head of Division and Member of the Executive board is very pleased that his country, Switserland, ratified the Aarhus Convention.
  • Video interview 11: Vera Barrantes from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on progress in the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) Protocol.
  • Video interview 12: Michel Amand, chair of MOPP2 on the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) Protocol talks on the meaning of the Maastricht Declaration and the strategic plan for 2020.
  • Video interview 13: Etienne Balland talks on Art 3.7 of the Aarhus Convention and why this article is so important: making sure civil society participates in international negotiations. He tries to widen the scope.
  • Video interview 14: Jonas Ebbesson, Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee says that courts are now more often referring to decisions taken in the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. (PART 1)
  • Video interview 15: Jonas Ebbesson, Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee talks on the role of NGOs and how they helped to create more and more jurisprudence. (PART 2)
  • Email interview: Sigríður Arnardóttir, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, Iceland.
  • Website of the event with program and practical details: http://www.aarhusmaastricht.org/
  • Guide to get familiar with the Aarhus Convention: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/publications/the_power_is_in_your_hands.html